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I have found a love experimenting with found images and bringing them together with pictures from previous projects. To see how ideas and meanings evolve as I move through my process is truly what I savor.
This summer I had the amazing opportunity to take a week long workshop at Arrowmount School of arts and crafts in Gatlinburg Tennessee, with Melissa Harshman, a master Printmaker, on alternative techniques for safer intaglio. I was able to create 3 images in 4 days, as I had the benefit to focus solely on my work, and achieved more than I ever thought possible in such a short span of time. What also made this such an inspiring and motivational experience is living within a community of people who have a shared passion for art and creativity. By talking with residential artist and fellow students about their journeys to get to where they are now, I began to identify how I can further my career path.
I want to share what I have learned from this past week and encourage others to try these methods.
Safer methods Traditional (Hazards methods)
|To degrease and polish the plate:|
|-Apply whiting powder mixed with water|
-Clean with Soy Sauce (or can use salt with vinegar)
-Vinegar bath will also remove oxidation
|Comet, and similar cleaners, contain dangerous chemicals such as sodium hypochlorite, also known as bleach, which can cause serious short- and long-term side effects if inhaled|
|-Baldwin’s Ink Ground ‘Big’ |
Provided a non-toxic alternative but also a ground which is more versatile.
|Traditional etching ground contains arsenic, lead, mercury to name but a few toxic elements which can not only be breathed in through your airways but also absorbed through your skin.|
|-Vegetable oil for oil|
– citristrip to remove grounds
|-Mineral spirits solvents|
|Used Zea Mays DIY Soft ground, made with soy wax and litho ink, in an air brush and her DIY stop-out to create value and depth. (Everaert, 2001)||Traditionally, the plate is dusted with finely powdered resin or asphaltum aquatint, both toxic and can produce fumes that are extremely dangerous and carcinogenic|
|Andrew Baldwin Coffee Lift with “Big Ground” www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4iak-CMpvw&t=12s.||Sugar lift with asphaltum based ground.|
Everaert, Marnix. “DIY SOY WAX/LITHO INK SOFT GROUND ON COPPER -.” Zea Mays Virtual World Tour , 2001.
Atb1uk, director. Andrew Baldwin Coffee Lift Demo. YouTube, YouTube, 29 May 2012, www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4iak-CMpvw&t=12s.
The Tower Fine Arts Center Gallery